Before: Delia, Mom-to-Be
Delia's expecting her first child and is still in the early stages of her pregnancy. "I feel tired all the time," she said. So we wanted to give her a cut and color that wouldn't require much effort and still looked chic after a quick nap.
Colorist Joanna Gonzalez wanted to keep Delia's hair color natural but add in some dimension. She kept her base dark and painted highlights underneath her part to create a soft beachy look that would require little maintenance post baby.
Hairstylist Nicole Descoteaux decided on a beachy cut that would give her a "sexy modern mom" look. "It's different from her old style because she had no layers or bangs, which made it heavy and difficult for her to manage. So, consequently, she just pulled it into a ponytail all the time." Descoteaux gave her easy layers which created more movement and style options—it makes day two hair a breeze to wear because you can just hit it with a medium-barrel curling iron and you're out the door.
To recreate this look at home on days you only have time to wash, Descoteauz suggests letting your hair air dry about 80%. Then, use a style cream and twist your hair away from your face (think big dread locks), pin it into place, and leave it to fully dry. Once it's completely dry (after your morning errands) just shake it out for a beachy look and finish with a texturizing pomade.
Makeup expert Francesca Roman really wanted to focus on her eyes. "I enhanced the shape with eye shadow and liner. Then, I used a light blush across her cheekbones and applied a simple light lipstick."
To get Delia out the door in a flash, Roman suggests brushing one simple color across the eye lids and using two coats of black mascara along with a simple fleshy colored lip stick. During the hot summer months, ditch the heavy concealer and opt for a powder foundation to get a smooth, flawless finish.
Clothing credits: dress, Gerard Darel, $380; necklace, Aqua, $48; all available at Bloomingdales.com
Karen, New Mom
"I miss sleeping," new mom Karen told us. "I want something that's easy to replicate without having to try too hard."
Colorist Tammy Kopie wanted to brighten and add warmth to her face. "Since she's working on no sleep, this color will make her look fresh and more wide awake than she really is."
"Being that Karen's hair was already short, the most important thing for me was to remove weight and create more open spaces so that it would be more pliable for her at home," said hairstylist Vanessa Fernandez. "Now that we've removed the heaviness she will be able to towel dry her hair and let it air dry after applying product—just by twisting sections randomly, she will be able to enhance her waves."
"I knew she would make an amazing red-head—she has the coloring for it," said Roman. The color looks believable on her and by dying and shaping her brows to go with her new hue will help make this look even more natural.
"I wanted to play up her new hair hue," said Roman. "I used a shimmery bronzer, basic concealer, and focused on making her glow by enhancing her natural olive skin tone. I used pink blush on the apples of her cheeks and tons of black mascara along with a rose colored lip gloss."
Clothing credits: dress, Gerard Darel, $160; necklace, R.J. Graziano, $65; Bloomingdales.com
Andrea, Experienced Mom
"I feel like I've spent most of my time focusing on my daughter and forgot to do anything for myself," said Andrea of being a mom for seven years. "I want to look like myself again."
The Cut and Color
"Her hair color was too brassy for her skin coloring," said Kopie. "I'm taking her a few shades darker to help eliminate the brassiness by adding a few highlights, it will give her hair dimension."
"Her face shape allows her to wear a short hairstyle well," said Descosteaux. Since Andrea's hair is on the fine side, giving her a shorter style will not be any more work in the mornings—sometimes a short 'do can take more time and maintenance which can be hard to balance with busy schedules.
On mornings she's short on time, she can use a little smoothing serum and just blow dry the bangs and let the rest air dry,' suggests Descosteaux. Finish with a little pomade for texture.
Her eyebrows were the main focus," said Roman. I waxed, tweezed, and then smoothed over the brows with a clear gel. To enhance her eyes even more, Roman applied a shimmery lavender grey hue on her lids and added two coats of mascara.
Quick tip: Tweeze your brows as soon as hairs grow in and use a clear brow gel to tame them. Be sure to see a professional every 2 weeks for proper eyebrow shaping.
Clothing credits: jacket, Gerard Darel, $375; shirt, Tory Burch, $198; necklace, Aqua, $48; all available at Bloomingdales.com